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Historic Sites in Kent

Site of the Battle of the Thames, on Highway No. 2, east of Thamesville, Zone Township. At this site a monument was erected by popular subscription and unveiled July 27, 1924, to the memory of Tecumseh, who fell in the Battle of the Thames on October 5, 1813.

Grave of Reverend Josiah Henson ("Uncle Tom") situated on the west part of the west half of Lot 3, Concession 4, Gore of Camden. The Catherine McVean Chapter, Imperial Order Daughters of the Empire, Dresden, have placed a flagstaff and flag on the burial plot beside the family monument.

Morpeth, birthplace of Archibald Lampman, Poet, born 1861, died 1899. A Cairn was erected at Morpeth by popular subscription and unveiled in 1930, to the memory of Archibald Lampman.

The scene of the Combat of McCrae’s House, Lot 15, River Road, Raleigh Township, where on the 15th December, 1813, Lieuts. Henry Medcalf, John McGregor, and Moses Rice, Ensign Benjamin Willson and Sergeant Thomas Douglas, with thirty-two other ranks of the Provincial Dragoons, Kent, Middlesex and Norfolk Militia, having made a tiring march of twenty miles through the woods, surprised and took, after a sharp conflict, an enemy outpost composed of three officers and thirty-six soldiers of the Regular Army of the United States. A Cairn was erected by the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada, on a site donated by Frank Parker, Esq., and unveiled September 26, 1936.

A Cairn was erected in 1934, by the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada, at the entrance to the Blenheim Memorial Park, to commemorate the McKee Land Purchase Treaty of May 19, 1790.

The John Brown House, a red brick building, on the southeast corner of King and Adelaide streets, Chatham. In this house a newspaper for negroes was printed in 1858 and 1859, and John Brown the Abolitionist is known to have spent some time there.

Site of the first oil discovery. It is said that the first oil well in the Bothwell field was drilled close to the river bank on the Kent side of the County line, but did not produce in paying quantities, and the first paying production was found a hundred yards or so back from the river on the Middlesex side.

The Dawn Settlement for escaped slaves, established about 1843 on the east branch of the Sydenham River, two or three miles above Dresden.

Block House on point of Tecumseh Park, Chatham. A ship-yard was started on Tecumseh Park in 1794, and a block-house located on the point of the park was burned in 1813, by American troops.

The site of the Baldoon Settlement. In 1804 Lord Selkirk of Scotland settled 114 persons on 950 acres of land in Dover Township under an emigration scheme, designed to relieve the distress of Scottish crofters evicted by land owners in the Highlands of Scotland.

Buxton Settlement, the site of the establishment of Reverend King’s Colony as a Negro Refuge. At this spot there is a small wooden Chapel, said to be the first building erected on the site, for church services and for use as a school room.

Burial place of Indians who accompanied David Zeisburger, Moravian Missionary, from the United States in 1791, located a hundred yards or so north of Highway No. 2, East of Thamesville. The land on which the cemetery is located was reserved by the Government in the Crown Grant.

General Brock’s Night Camp near Erieau. This site has been located within reasonable limits. General Brock came from York to Niagara, then across country to Port Dover, where some of the Norfolk Militia joined his forces. He then proceeded along Lake Erie, some of the army in boats and part marching along the shore. At. St. Thomas his force was further augmented. The men camped on the shore of the lake at night, and one of these camps was west of Point aux Pins about half way between Erieau and Erie Beach.

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